Section 1 is an out to AS 9 (Horserider’s Camp) and back to the finish area at the Nordic. Section 1 is also the first leg of the 50 K relay. Your run on the Nordic Trail is short at only 1.6 miles to AS 3. From AS 3 you cross Bluff road running up the horse trails for .5 miles until you reach Confusion Corner. Once you reach Confusion Corner you continue on the Ice Age Trail by going straight across the horse trail. Look for the Ice Age Trail markers (yellow painted rectangles on trees). You are on a high esker with nice views to your left and on your way to AS 8 and a visit with Jeff Weiss and his crew.
From AS 8 you begin your climb of Indian Signal Hill (Bald Bluff on the map) to the highest point on the course. Just last year, the Bureau of Endangered Resources, The Kettle Moraine Natural History Association and the Wisconsin DNR embarked on a restoration project at the summit. Once at the top enjoy the view and the significance of this Native American spiritual site that (according to settler accounts in the mid-1800′s) attracted Native American peoples from as far away as Illinois and other Wisconsin areas. The very trails you run are the trails used by earlier peoples traveling to this site for centuries.
The terrain from AS 8 to AS 9 is constantly changing. Expect narrow, single track winding up and over hill after hill until you finally reach AS 9. There are some flats; but, they are few and far between. At AS 9, appreciate the hard work by Franny Keyes and other seasoned Ice Age veterans who man this critical aid station. This is your turnaround and you begin your trek back to the finish line at the Nordic Trail for a total of 13 miles.